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Millard Owen Sheets, American, (1907–1989)
Tommy, 1944
Charcoal on Paper
26 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. (67.31 cm x 41.91 cm)

Object Type: Drawing
Technique: Drawing
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: 0310

Black charcoal drawing on off-white paper.

Object Description
Modern American drawing of a soldier with a pick ax in his hand and a knife on his belt.

"Tommy" is a term for a soldier in the British army, commonly used during World War I. During the war, German soldiers would call out "Tommy" across noman's land if they wanted to speak to a British soldier. Multiple sources are cited as the origin of the term, some dating as far back to a young soldier named Tommy Atkins who died in combat in 1794. During World War II, the Germans still referred to British soldiers as Tommy.


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